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Alert to the implications of Egyptian politics to the world of the Middle Ages, Muir offers a detailed look at the rule of the slave-soldier caste known as the Mamelukes who ruled Egypt from 1260 to 1517. Each ruler of the Bahrite and Circassian dynasties is given a full chapter, and the role of the Mamelukes under the Ottoman Empire is reviewed.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-697-4
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Apr 4,2007
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 300
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-697-4
$157.00
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Having spent many years in the eastern reaches of the British Empire, Sir William Muir was well-suited to describe the life of Eastern empires. In this study of the rulers of Egypt during the Middle Ages, Muir clarifies the facts concerning the peoples who were so often feared by the Medieval Christian establishment. Beginning with the Crusades, Muir then shifts his focus to the realm of Egypt and the Mamelukes, the famed slave-soldiers of Egypt. This military caste of Muslim converts in the service of the Caliphs was able to assert its strength to the point of ruling Egypt. This classic, in-depth study of the rule of the Mamelukes from 1260 to 1517 treats the dynasties ruler-by-ruler. The Bahrite Dynasty is traced from Beibars to Nâsir; the three reigns of the latter and those of his descendents are clearly the most prominent. The Circassian Dynasty encompasses from Berkuk al Zâhir through Sultan Selîm and the Caliph Mutawakkil. From his nineteenth-century perspective, Muir considers the race of the Mamelukes and examines how they fared under Ottoman rule. This study addresses an area often overlooked in Medieval studies, that has implications for the larger world of the Middle Ages.

William Muir (1819-1905) was a Scottish Orientalist and statesman. Educated at Glasgow University, Edinburgh University, and Haileyburg College, Muir held many government posts for Britain in India. His personal interest in education led to the building of Muir College, now a part of Allahbad University. He eventually became the Principal at Edinburgh University.

Having spent many years in the eastern reaches of the British Empire, Sir William Muir was well-suited to describe the life of Eastern empires. In this study of the rulers of Egypt during the Middle Ages, Muir clarifies the facts concerning the peoples who were so often feared by the Medieval Christian establishment. Beginning with the Crusades, Muir then shifts his focus to the realm of Egypt and the Mamelukes, the famed slave-soldiers of Egypt. This military caste of Muslim converts in the service of the Caliphs was able to assert its strength to the point of ruling Egypt. This classic, in-depth study of the rule of the Mamelukes from 1260 to 1517 treats the dynasties ruler-by-ruler. The Bahrite Dynasty is traced from Beibars to Nâsir; the three reigns of the latter and those of his descendents are clearly the most prominent. The Circassian Dynasty encompasses from Berkuk al Zâhir through Sultan Selîm and the Caliph Mutawakkil. From his nineteenth-century perspective, Muir considers the race of the Mamelukes and examines how they fared under Ottoman rule. This study addresses an area often overlooked in Medieval studies, that has implications for the larger world of the Middle Ages.

William Muir (1819-1905) was a Scottish Orientalist and statesman. Educated at Glasgow University, Edinburgh University, and Haileyburg College, Muir held many government posts for Britain in India. His personal interest in education led to the building of Muir College, now a part of Allahbad University. He eventually became the Principal at Edinburgh University.

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